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In my researching of various supplements and a list I saw of the top 10 holistic/natural supplements to help fight cancer, I've been looking up the benefits of taking zeolite. I've copied and pasted an article below about zeolite. Supposedly, it reduces heavy metals in the body and helps to alkalinize the cells, which can help fight cancer and other illnesses as well. Just read it below if you're curious...

Natural Cellular Zeolite Powder - 1 container, 454 grams (1 pound) #SKU41

Natural Cellular Powdered Zeolite that we carry is of the highest quality micronized powdered zeolite, used by some MDs and felt by some researchers to be at least as powerful as the liquid when used in therapeutic quantities. It detoxifies and alkalinizes the whole body. Studies show that this form of zeolite activates the P21 enzyme in cancerous cells, and has potent anti-viral activity.
Cellular liquid zeolite is one of nature's only negatively charged particles it is able to directly interact with the damaged cells and magnetically attract other floating debris. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic are extremely toxic to the body, and unfortunately are found everywhere in our society. Liquid zeolites are a very unique, complex structure that have a “honeycomb” shape. All these channels and cavities act as “cages” trapping all these toxins inside of itself and then are eliminated from the body.

Zeolite’s mechanism of action against cancer cells is unique and unlike that of any other substance I have studied. Theoretically, it has the rare ability to take in a tremendous amount of positively charged toxins, indirectly neutralizing their effect in causing cancer. In the process, the zeolite develops a slight positive charge. It is then attracted to and pulled right into the negatively charged membrane of the cancer cell. When the zeolite moves inside the cancer cell, the cell’s P21 gene is activated. This gene acts as a tumor suppressor through its ability to control cell-cycle progression. The activation of P21 appears to halt the growth of tumors by directly suppressing growth signals.

What we can say is that zeolite has a chelation-like effect in removing heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and other positively charged toxins from the system. Zeolite’s negatively charged crystalline structure is what makes this possible. Its crystals act as “cages,” inside of which are positive ions. These positive ions switch places with positively charged toxins in the body, tightly bind them, and excrete them completely. One of the benefits of binding toxins in this manner is that they are 100 percent excreted. Heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides all leave the system; they do not get deposited elsewhere in the body. Forty percent of zeolite binds heavy metals in the gastrointestinal tract, and 60 percent binds toxins in the bloodstream and at the cellular level. Zeolite’s binding power was proven during the Chernobyl disaster, when tons of it were used to remove radioactive cesium and strontium-90 before they contaminated local water systems. Acting primarily as a chelator, zeolite trapped these radioactive minerals within its crystalline cage structure.

Zeolite appears to remove toxins from the body in a hierarchical order. It first acts strongly to remove lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. This first phase may take one to four weeks or longer. Zeolite then removes second-priority toxins, including pesticides, herbicides, and plastics. Zeolite appears to increase the rate of glucuronization in the liver, activating phase II of the glucuronidase function. This in turn removes pesticides, herbicides, and xeno-estrogens from the body, releasing them through the urine. Interestingly, it also appears to neutralize the aflatoxin poison.

A third function of zeolite is to trap pre-virus components, preventing the replication of viruses and their ability to make us sick. In this way, zeolite may play an important role as a broad-spectrum anti-viral. Viruses are produced in parts as on a production line, at the end of which the virus is fully constructed. Zeolite absorbs viral parts into the pores of the mirconized zeolite aggregates (not into the chelating-like cages described above). This explains why zeolite seems to block the development of many viral infections, including herpes virus 1, coxsachie virus B-5, ecco-virus 7, and adeno virus 5. Forty anecdotal cases of herpes zoster have reportedly been cured, with sufferers becoming pain-free in one to three days after beginning to take zeolite. Anecdotal testimony also reports that it is effective in alleviating or curing the flu, colds, hepatitis C, viral or heavy-metal induced multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Zeolite’s effect as an anti-viral appears to be a preventative function that builds up over time, beginning after approximately four to six weeks of use, when heavy metals, pesticides, and herbicides have been mostly eliminated. There is anecdotal evidence, however, that in some cases its anti-viral effect seems to be immediate.

Zeolite also is a unique antioxidant. A traditional antioxidant works by absorbing excess free radicals into its system because it has an unpaired electron. In contrast, zeolite traps free radicals in its complex structure, inactivating and eliminating them. In this way, it acts as a complement to traditional antioxidants.

In addition, zeolite buffers the system towards slight alkalinity by establishing pH levels of 7.35 to 7.45, which is the optimum pH for the human body. The body’s pH level influences both immunity and brain function. An acid blood pH (7.34 or lower) creates a precondition for cancer. In an acid environment, brain cell function can also be impaired, causing depression, anxiety, stupor, paranoia, delusions, hallucinations, or even psychosis.

Zeolite also appears to balance the immune system , either up- or down-regulating it as needed. Although the precise mechanism for this is not entirely understood, this function is clearly very important in a world in which most people’s immune systems are seriously compromised.

Because zeolite so powerfully removes various types of toxins from the body, it naturally increases energy and well-being. Users report improvements in mental clarity and a sense of peace, wellness, and happiness. These are what we term positive secondary effects. For example, clearing out heavy metals allows the body’s magnesium stores to work efficiently with adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the biological source of energy in the body. When this interaction is occurring optimally, people have more energy and experience greater well-being. One study has demonstrated that zeolite also appears to increase serotonin level, which is known to help alleviate some forms of depression.

Extraordinary health benefits of Cellular Zeolite - The Liquid, Activated Zeolite are:

• Absorbs free radicals*
• Activates P21 gene which is appears to halt the growth of tumors by directly suppressing growth signals.*
• Powerful antioxidant, improves the immune system*
• Helps balance the bodies' pH (acidity levels)*
• Remove heavy metals and toxins (mercury, lead, arsenic, pesticides, viruses, etc.)*
• Provides a sense of mental clarity, improvement in general sense of well being*
• Non-toxic and 100% natural*
• On the FDA's (Food & Drugs Administration) GRAS list (generally recognized as safe)

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Hi Lisa

I like Dr Weil and find him reasonable and informative. He has a new book out called Integrative Oncology which you might find interesting as you look into alternatives.

all the best, Leslie


Is Zeolite a New Cancer Cure?

My sister has ovarian cancer. I read that a product called Zeolite can stop cancer cells from dividing. Do you know where I can purchase a good quality form of this?
Answer (Published 2/24/2009)

Zeolite or zeolites are a group of porous (aluminosilicate) minerals found naturally in volcanic rock and ashes. These mineral compounds have been studied for use as external dressings for wounds (granules of zeolite can help stop bleeding and promote blood clotting) and as treatments for diarrhea and for diabetes. In its natural setting, zeolite dust may be a cause of cancer: it has been associated with a high incidence of malignant mesothelioma, a life-threatening disease also associated with inhalation of asbestos particles.

Zeolites are sold as dietary supplements and are aggressively promoted on the internet as a means of removing heavy metals and toxins from the body as well as for cancer treatment. Claims that zeolite can help the body fight cancer (supposedly by removing cancer-causing substances in the stomach) have not been substantiated in human studies.

A few lab studies have suggested that zeolites might increase levels of proteins known to suppress tumor growth, and in animal studies, micronized zeolite has been shown to reduce the spread of cancer and increase the effect of the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, but there's no evidence that it prolongs survival in animals with cancer. Animal studies have also suggested that zeolites have both immunosuppressive and immunostimulating effects and that they may be useful as additives to animal feed. A review by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) concluded that none of the benefits seen in animals occurs in humans.

Because of their surface area and structure, zeolites can hamper absorption of some medications including aspirin and the antibiotic tetracycline and could interfere with the action of some chemotherapy and immunosuppressant drugs. The supplements shouldn't be used by transplant patients because zeolite could potentially cause a reaction triggering rejection of the transplanted organ.

Bottom line: no published studies show that zeolite has an antitumor effect in humans or offers any benefit to persons with cancer. Your sister has a very serious disease. Make sure that she is in the care of a team of doctors experienced in treating her condition and forget zeolite.

Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Thanks for the info Leslie.
We have to be so careful, don't we? There's always a different spin on such things, depending upon who's writing it!
Something in me held me back from ordering any zeolite, even though I went ahead and bought most of the other supplements I mentioned. What Dr. Weil said certainly makes me a bit wary of it. When I asked about zeolite in the two health food stores I went in, they didn't carry it and hadn't heard of it either. That surprised me as they had most all the others with several brands and sources, but not the zeolite. Maybe there is a reason for it- I think I will hold off and not pursue zeolite at this time.

Anyone else have experience with zeolite and have any comments?


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hi lisa

i have no idea about zeolite helping with cancer, but i did just want to point out although the zeolite in its natural setting may not be good to inhale, or ingest, it has been processed and extensively cleaned before it is available for use if you buy a decent brand.
i was looking into it it for reduction of heavy metals, as my family has been affected by lead dust in premises we had moved into.
zeolite in its natural setting is really impure, which makes sense as the whole point of it is to trap impurities...thats why it is cleaned of impurities before use...

i also found this online from free e-book i recieved when i was looking into it for the lead.the lady also has free ebooks regarding cancer thatv you could read if you want...who know, but it might be helpful? http://www.theliquidzeolitebook.com/:

There are many different KINDS of zeolite. This is
important to remember as you read about zeolite on the internet, or in literature. Some people
will have you believe that zeolite causes cancer.
Mesothelioma (a rare type of lung cancer) incidence is high in certain villages on the
Anatolian plateau
in Turkey, where environmental exposure includes erionite, a form of zeolite fibers, from the
local volcano. A prospective study of residents of two exposed and one nearby control village
was initiated in 1979 and continued through December 31, 2003. A total of 891 men and
women, aged 20 years or older, were included, 230 of them residing in the village without
known exposure to erionite. During the
23-year follow-up, 372 deaths occurred; 119 of these were from mesothelioma, which was the
cause of 44% of all deaths in the exposed villages. Seventeen patients had peritoneal
mesothelioma; the rest
had pleural mesothelioma. Only two cases of mesothelioma, one of each type, occurred in the
control village-both in women born elsewhere. Our results emphasize the severity of the
mesothelioma endemic in erionite -exposed areas of Turkey and call for intensified prevention
of mesothelioma by limiting environmental exposures to these zeolite fibers.
The zeolite used in The Original Liquid Zeolite does not cause cancer.
There are many many different types of zeolite. Zeolite has over 50 different natural species,
and over 100 synthetic kinds. The type of zeolite thought to cause cancer, called erionite, in
this village in Turkey is not the same as clinoptilolite which is used in The Original Liquid
Zeolite. Also, these people are exposed to the zeolite daily, in their environment, and breathe
it into their lungs in every breath of air they take in. If you inhaled orange juice into your lungs
every day, do you think you would get sick?? Of course you would, but when you drink it, it is
actually very good for you. The Original Liquid Zeolite has been on the market now for over 4
years, and millions of bottles have been sold. There has not been ONE reported case of
sickness or disease caused by this supplement. There have been many many anecdotal
reports of benefit however. Believe me, if Liquid Zeolite was thought to cause even one case
of illness the governments would be all over it in a flash!

sorry, i also wanted to add this :● Zeolite will cure your ___insert illness____. - Zeolite is not a cure for anything. It removes
heavy metals, toxins, and poisons from your body. We think that all of the positive
testimonials are a RESULT of that action. That's good. People have related some pretty
remarkable experiences. We can not tell you that we can cure something though. We can
only hope you will be one of the people with great results.

who knows lisa, but hopefully you find something that gives you some positive results soon...

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Thanks for your detailed information on what you know about zeolite. There's always another side and always another spin on everything, depending upon what people want you to know or think, huh? I found that out about a few other supplements too- one website will quote you a bunch of info on how dangerous and ineffective it is, then other people will debunk that info talking about how their version of the supplement is pure, the one in the other study wasn't & say it's like comparing apples to oranges.

Hmmm.... hard to know what to think. I'm meeting with a woman on Tuesday who is very knowledgeable about many supplements & I'll see what her thoughts on all this is.


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